Hue Jackson needs to set the report straight on his time in Cleveland.
During an interview with ESPN 850 on Monday, the previous Browns head coach claimed that he was “lied to by ownership and by the executive team.” Jackson, who served because the Bengals’ offensive coordinator earlier than being employed by the Browns in 2016, instructed the radio station that he was by no means knowledgeable Cleveland can be going into rebuild mode previous to accepting the job. He added that the franchise inaccurately portrayed him as an anti-analytics coach.
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“They were gonna be football plus analytics, but they intentionally made it football versus analytics,” Jackson stated. “You gotta understand, it wasn’t gonna be — they weren’t looking for coaches. They were gonna take two years, and they were gonna find a way to use us as an experiment to make sure that they could get the data that they needed for it to be better at the expense of whoever — and that’s not right. I don’t care what nobody says. That’s not the way it should be.
“They additionally lied to attempt to paint the image that I used to be in opposition to analytics. I might have by no means taken the job if that was the case. They instructed me that this was gonna be a useful resource to assist me win. I sought out understanding of analytics by myself to ensure I used to be collaborative, however the one factor that caught with me, is that each one this analytical stuff — and folks have to know this — somebody has to find out what is efficacious and the way helpful that info is.”
Jackson, who is writing a book about his Browns tenure, finished 3-36-1 over two-plus seasons in Cleveland, including an 0-16 mark in his second year. Jackson said he obtained a contract extension halfway by that disappointing season, however the Browns did not wish to publicly announce the main points of the deal.
He was ultimately fired in 2018 after beginning 2-5-1 and changed by interim head coach Gregg Williams. Jackson believes that he was used because the “fall guy” for the Browns’ organizational failures.
“People need to go back and look at those drafts and see where those players are today,” Jackson stated. “That should tell you all you need to know. They’re not on this team. They haven’t been. Some of them are not even in the league, yet we were expected to win. You can’t win that way, yet I hear other people saying, ‘Well, everybody knew it was a teardown. This is what they’re gonna do.’ I was never told it was a teardown.”
As for his future, Jackson stated he is “not worried” about whether or not he will get one other teaching job. He needs to share his facet of the story as a result of it is merely about “right and wrong.”
.@huejack10 on The Really Big Show on why he is writing the guide:
“The truth needs to come out…for other minority coaches they need to know the pitfalls out there. My story has affected some of their futures.”
— ESPN Cleveland (@ESPNCleveland) March 29, 2021